25 Women in 10 Free Software Organizations for GNOME's Outreach Program for Women
Posted Feb 2, 2013 2:23 UTC (Sat) by dkg
In reply to: 25 Women in 10 Free Software Organizations for GNOME's Outreach Program for Women
Parent article: 25 Women in 10 Free Software Organizations for GNOME's Outreach Program for Women
> If you doubt this, walk into a toystore.
So should toys be regulated, then? Should they all be the same color? Should an equal number of boys and girls toys be required to be blue and pink? Should parents be required to paint their nurseries half blue and half pink? You may think I'm being silly, but what is your point?
No, what is your
point? An overwhelming majority of the toy industry makes decisions about how they're going to deal with their customers and the public based on the genders of the people involved, and you leap to their defense: how dare anyone propose that they're doing something wrong! Or try to change it! The next thing you know, the government will tell you what color to paint your nursery!!!!
But when GNOME (and OpenITP, and Mozilla, and Redhat, and Google, but nothing approaching a majority of the tech industry) make decisions about how to deal with their contributors and the public based on the genders of the people involved, you're the first one to the barricades to shout down the horror of their decisions and argue that it needs to be done differently.
Why are you so eager to critique GNOME and yet so eager to defend the toy companies?
No one here is proposing regulations. People are taking action to make their organizations and communities more inclusive and welcoming to participants who might have previously been driven away by aggressive and self-entitled male assholes. Our community grows, and we get more perspectives, a better range of ideas, and more participants as a result. The folks highlighted in the article are working to make their corner of the world a better place. I salute them for that.
What are you doing to make your corner of the world a better place? Is it working?
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